Taiwan comfort women museum to close amid financial woes

阿嬤家和平與女性人權館 | Grandma 's Peace and Women's Rights Museum(Courtesy of Facebook/Ama Museum)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Since its opening in December 2016, the “Grandma ‘s Peace and Women’s Rights Museum” (Ama Museum, 阿嬤家和平與女性人權館) has paid homage to comfort women during Japanese rule in Taiwan.

With the decrease in the number of visitors resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, however, the museum announced on Monday it’s closing on Nov. 10, 2020. 

In 2017, the architect that designed the Grandma’s Peace and Women’s Rights Museum received the “Far East Architecture Award Old House Renovation Special Award”.

The magnificent architecture had a base with a Japanese-style foreign house that was over 90 years old.

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Posted by 阿嬤家- 和平與女性人權館 on Sunday, July 5, 2020

From 2016 to the present day, the Women’s Relief Association has been dedicated to providing education on comfort women and gender and human rights-related issues to the public.

Additionally, the Women’s Relief Association strives to raise financial resources to meet the expenses of activities and the museum’s operation.

阿嬤家和平與女性人權館內部照片|A magnificent picture of the interior of the Grandma’s Peace and Women’s Rights Museum
(Courtesy of Ministry of Culture)

The Grandma’s Peace and Women’s Rights Museum has become Taiwan’s international exchange platform for gender equality and human rights.

阿嬤家和平與女性人權館 | Grandma ‘s Peace and Women’s Rights Museum(Courtesy of Facebook/Ama Museum)

It has received Nongovernmental Organizations (NGO’s) and governmental representatives worldwide for the past four years.

Japanese visitors have become the most common over the past couple of years as the museum provides historical facts that cannot be seen in Japan.

Since it’s opening despite vigorous amounts of activities, initiatives, and international links, however, the museum continues to lose around NT$17-21 million every year.

阿嬤家和平與女性人權館內部照片|A magnificent picture of the interior of the Grandma’s Peace and Women’s Rights Museum
(Courtesy of Ministry of Culture)

This is not accounting for the addition of economic instability that the coronavirus has led. The number of visitors has decreased sharply, especially because a big chunk of their visitors were international travelers.

In December, the lease for the museum will expire. Under the severe financial loss over the years, the Women’s Aid Committee had to make the heartbreaking decisions of not renewing the house after the house lease expires this year.

As there are more than 100 days from the museum’s closure, people are still welcome to take the last chance to visit this first Taiwanese women’s physical entity museum and once again see the brave voice of Grandma, The Women’s Aid Association stated.

How to get there? Address: No. 256 Dihua St. Section 1, Datong District, Taipei City, 103, Taiwan

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